Good News: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released from prison

Praise the Lord…

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Christian whose conversion from Islam caused him to receive a death sentence for apostasy, was released from prison this weekend.

According to CNN, a trial court in Iran acquitted him of apostasy and instead charged him with evangelizing Muslims, then “declared that his prison sentence had already been served” and released him. Pastor Nadarkhani’s arrest and imprisonment had drawn international attention and sparked multiple petitions for his release, with the White House and the State Department repeatedly condemning his persecution.

The State Department, citing U.N. figures, estimates that 300,000 Christians live in Iran—a 98% Muslim nation—along with thousands of Baha’is, Jews, Sabean-Mandaeans, and Zoroastrians, religious minorities who have also been subject to various forms of harassment and discrimination.

Here’s hoping that Pastor Nadarkhani’s release leads to greater religious freedom for all of them.

Source, First Things blog


4 comments on “Good News: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released from prison

  1. Jesus isn’t hanging out with the politicos, judges and presidents; He’s with the no-body elder who sits in a jail for preaching the Gospel. That’s what the Christian life is about; not the kulturkampf, moralisms and power-slaving of the religious right.

    It is truly gospel (Good news) that the Kingdom is moving in Iran!

  2. “THANK YOU JESUS”, such encouraging news. Seems like common sense has prevailed, at least for this moment, it won’t always be so of course as the day of His coming grows breathtakingly nearer. May Pastor Nadarkhani and his family remain truly blessed and praising.

  3. American Center for Law and Justice put a lot of effort into freeing Pastor Youcef. But Brazilian Christians in high places did a lot of the heavy lifting by keeping continual pressure on the Iranians. Since Brazil is a leading power in the non-aligned group of nations, their ability to persuade the Iranians was unique. So with ACLJ representing the political right and the Brazilians, the political left, both worked in unison toward a common and very worthwhile goal, that of rescuing a brother in need. And now we are all very grateful that God has provided a way of escape for this dear brother.

  4. glad to hear that!

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